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All-American Garza rejoins Iowa over NBA

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Big Ten player of the year Luka Garza announced Sunday he is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return to Iowa for his senior season.

"My heart is in Iowa City," Garza said. "I love this place too much to leave it. I love my teammates, coaches, community, fans and university. It would have been way too hard to close the book without the last chapter."

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound center from Washington, D.C., scored 20 or more points in the last 16 games of his junior season, the longest streak by an Iowa player since 1971. He led the Hawkeyes to 20 wins and a likely NCAA Tournament bid if it had not been for the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the tournament to be canceled.

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Pac-12 top scorer Martin returns to ASU

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State guard Remy Martin is withdrawing from the NBA draft and will return for his senior season in the desert.

"I'm blessed to have the opportunity to coach Remy Martin for one more season," Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley said in a statement Sunday. "Remy will be one of the best players in college basketball this year and will be on a mission to lead Arizona State basketball in its pursuit of championships."

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Michigan State's Tillman stays in draft

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State's Xavier Tillman is skipping his senior season and staying in the NBA draft.

Tillman announced Sunday that he would remain in the draft and plans to hire an agent. He'd announced in March that he would test the waters before making a final decision.

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Star freshman Cockburn back to Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Big Ten Freshman of the Year Kofi Cockburn is returning to Illinois for his sophomore season.

The 7-foot, 290-pound Cockburn posted "IM BACK ??" with a graphic on Twitter on Saturday. The announcement means the Illini will have their top two players return from a team that was in line to make the NCAA Tournament last season, after all-conference guard Ayo Dosunmu said Friday he plans to return for his junior year rather than turn pro.

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Gonzaga's Ayayi returning next season

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga guard Joel Ayayi is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and will return for his junior decision.

The school announced his decision Saturday.

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Arkansas sharpshooter Joe returning

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas sharpshooter Isaiah Joe will return for his junior season after withdrawing his name from the NBA draft.

"I know a lot of people have been waiting to hear my decision," Joe said in a statement on Saturday. "But this has definitely been one not to be rushed. After all things considered, I have decided to play my next season at the University of Arkansas and continue my dream as a Hog."

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Creighton's Jefferson, Mahoney returning

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Denzel Mahoney and Damien Jefferson announced they are withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to Creighton for their senior seasons.

"Both Damien and Denzel went through the draft process, evaluated the info they received, and felt like it was in their best interest to return," Creighton coach Greg McDermott said Saturday. "It goes without saying that we're thrilled to have them back. Experience is key in college basketball and we return some guys that played significant roles a season ago. I'm sure they're hungry to get back on the playing floor."

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Dosunmu plans to return to Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Illinois basketball star Ayo Dosunmu plans to return for his junior season rather than turn pro.

The first-team, all-Big Ten guard said in a video posted Friday on Twitter playing in the NBA is his dream. "But first, I need that national championship. Year three," he added.

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Stanford guard Terry headed to draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) Stanford guard Tyrell Terry has decided to keep his name in the NBA draft and skip his final three seasons of college.

Terry announced his final decision on Friday. He had declared for the draft in April but said he was still considering withdrawing before the deadline.

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SDSU's Mitchell to return to school

SAN DIEGO (AP) Forward Matt Mitchell will return to San Diego State for his senior season after exploring his chances in the NBA Draft.

Mitchell didn't hire an agent, so he retained his college eligibility.

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